The NRL's Fan Cardboard Cutout Offer Feature Divides Opinion
Since the NRL kicked off the 2020 season last week, the code had a brilliant idea to recreate the feeling of a stadium full of screaming fans.
Not only will people watching the game at home hear fake screaming blaring from the speakers, they'll also get to see little cardboard cutouts of people sitting in the stands.
For just $22, anyone can order a cutout to be placed in a seat during a match and you can upload an image of your choice.
While many have been chucking up photos of themselves, typically in club colours, there have been a few to upload 'different' images. One of the best so far has been Sydney Morning Herald reporter Matt Bungard putting up a picture of his dog to be featured.
For $22 you can get a cardboard cutout of yourself to sit in the stands at the footy.
Someone has done it for their dog.
#NRLRoostersSouths #NRL pic.twitter.com/p9DBHiLdk8
- bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) May 29, 2020
The post has been shared across social media, with many saying it was the best cutout in the stands during the match between the Sydney Roosters and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Someone else managed to upload a picture of controversial British Prime Minister adviser Dominic Cummings, who might have committed a 'minor breach' of Coronavirus guidelines.
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Cummings has previously claimed that he drove his four-year-old son and wife to the tourist spot in order to check his eyesight.
The @NRL doing their part to promote the sport :eyes: pic.twitter.com/DqMoIw27cn
- Joseph Neadley (@joeneadley1) May 29, 2020
Due to it being a pretty high profile issue in the UK, someone must have thought it would be hilarious to have his face emblazoned on a cardboard cutout at the NRL.
However, the jokes took a dark turn when people noticed a notorious serial killer in the crowd.
The image of Harold Shipman wouldn't jump out at people who are unfamiliar with the British doctor, who was convicted of killing 15 people at his practice in 2000. However, those who know the horrific things he did to his victims were shocked to see his face in the stands.
In Australia the NRL has resumed with no crowds, so people can pay for a cardboard cutout of themselves to be placed in the crowd and show up on TV.
Someone did this today with the face of Harold Shipman, the most prolific serial killer in modern history pic.twitter.com/CErpxForP6
- Jed (@JedRose17) May 31, 2020
His total victim count could be as high as 250.
Opinion was divided about Shipman's inclusion, with some people thinking it was funny to have him sandwiched amongst genuine fans while others thought people like this shouldn't ever be included.
People have promised to use the offer to chuck up other figures from history but the NRL will probably be casting a keen eye on all cutouts from now on.
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